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Lamont Directs Flags To Half-Staff Friday In Honor Of Rocky Hill Fire Captain



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HARTFORD — Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing US and state flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, March 18, to honor the memory of Rocky Hill Fire Captain James Lamarre, who died in the line of duty as a result of work-related cancer.

The 61-year-old Lamarre died at home on March 8. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday morning at St James Church in Rocky Hill.

Captain Lamarre honorably served Rocky Hill Fire Department for 27 years. A veteran of the US Army, he was very active in the Benino-Beck VFW Post 2138 in Rocky Hill, serving as chaplain.

“Captain Lamarre’s passing is a terrible reminder of the dangers firefighters face throughout their careers in the name of public service and the protection of others,” Lamont said. “First responders like Captain Lamarre embody the best of our state and our country. On behalf of the State of Connecticut, I send my condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues in the Rocky Hill Fire Department and Benino-Beck VFW Post 2138. I ask the residents of our state to keep him and his family in your prayers.”

Lt Governor Susan Bysiewicz said the late fire captain “exemplifies what it means to be a true public servant, dedicating his life to keeping others safe.

“His service will not be forgotten, and his legacy will live on through the lives of those he touched and the lives of those he saved. My most sincere condolences go to Captain Lamarre’s family, friends, the Rocky Hill Fire Department, and Benino-Beck VFW Post 2138.”

Connecticut State Fire Administrator Jeffrey Morrissette also extended condolences on behalf of the state’s fire services to Lamarre’s family, “as well as to his extended fire service family in Rocky Hill and throughout the region.

“Sadly, occupational cancer continues to be a leading cause of death among firefighters nationwide.”

Hook & Ladder firefighters lower the flag on the Main Street flagpole in May 2019. Governor Lamont has ordered flags to be lowered on Friday, March 18, to honor the memory of a Rocky Hill Fire Department captain who died recently of work-related cancer. —Bee file photo
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